Twitter buys Android security firm Whisper Systems

According to Whisper Systems, its current software will still be offered after the transaction is completed.

Twitter has acquired an Android security firm, but exactly what the social-networking company wants to do with it is currently unknown.

Whisper Systems announced on its blog today that it will become part of Twitter. Although the company didn't disclose an acquisition price, it did say that it will bring its "technology and our expertise into Twitter's products and services."

Whisper offers a range of security products--currently all in beta--that focus on safeguarding device data, network connections, backups, and calls. Considering that, it's quite possible Twitter will try to improve the security of its mobile apps with Whisper's technology.

That said, don't expect to see Whisper's apps, including TextSecure and RedPhone, to be available for a while. Whisper said that as part of its transition to Twitter, it will be forced to take its services down until the social network decides to put them back up. However, they will all be making a comeback.

For its part, Twitter hasn't publicly commented on the Whisper acquisition and has not immediately responded to CNET's request for comment.

Twitter has been on a tear as of late, acquiring a host of companies across several different markets. Last December, Twitter " acquired " personnel from Q&A startup Fluther and followed that up in May with the purchase of TweetDeck . In August, Twitter acquired Bagcheck , a small gear-sharing startup.

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Don Reisinger is a technology columnist who has covered everything from HDTVs to computers to Flowbee Haircut Systems. Besides his work with CNET, Don's work has been featured in a variety of other publications including PC World and a host of Ziff-Davis publications.

 

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